Social Work, Ph.D.


Admissions requirements are consistent with those of The Graduate School and include:

  • a completed application;
  • transcripts from all post-secondary schools previously attended, including non-degree courses taken;
  • a master’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited graduate program (a master’s degree in a related field may be considered on a case-by-case basis);
  • a grade point average of 3.5 or above for graduate-level work;
  • evidence of scholarly potential as indicated by three letters of reference;
  • a detailed personal statement;
  • a sample of the applicant’s scholarly writing;
  • satisfactory score on TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants for whom English is not their primary language.

Degree Requirements (52 Post-Masters Hours)

Intellectual Foundations of Social Welfare and Social Work Core (15 Hours)

Course Title Credits
SOWK 803History of the Profession of Social Work3
SOWK 804Understanding and Using Social Science Theory3
SOWK 805Knowledge for Social Change: Ontology, Epistemology, and Methodology in Social Science Research3
SOWK 806Conducting a Systematic Literature Review for Publication3
SOWK 802Intellectual Foundations of Social Welfare and Social Work III: Conceptual Model-Building3
Total Credit Hours15

Research Methods Core (12 Hours)

Course Title Credits
SOWK 892Design and Critical Analysis of Social Work Research3
SOWK 890Analysis of Social Work Data3
SOWK 891Advanced Analysis of Social Work Data3
SOWK 811Qualitative Methods of Inquiry for Social Work Research3
Total Credit Hours12

Professional Seminar (2 Hours)

Course Title Credits
SOWK 850Social Work Doctoral Professional Seminar (repeated once)2
Total Credit Hours2

Planning and Design of Dissertation Research (2 Hours)

Course Title Credits
SOWK 894Planning and Design of Dissertation Research (repeated once)2
Total Credit Hours2

Other Course Requirements (21 Hours)

Course Title Credits
Substantive electives outside of the college3
Advanced research methods electives3
Other elective3
SOWK 872Social Work Education Practicum0
SOWK 889Doctoral Social Work Practicum0
SOWK 899Dissertation Preparation12
Total Credit Hours21

Total (52 Hours)